Ships hit by U-boats


Panamanian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,605 tons
Completed1919 - American Shipbuilding Co, Detroit MI 
OwnerSud Americano de Vapores SA, Panama 
Date of attack28 Feb 1942Nationality:      Panamanian
FateSunk by U-129 (Asmus Nicolai Clausen)
Position8° 08'N, 55° 14'W - Grid EO 3774
Complement25 (24 dead and 1 survivor).
RouteRio de Janeiro - Trinidad - Canada 
CargoManganese ore 
History Completed in November 1919 as Lake Fairfax for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1932 transferred to the US Army Corps of Engineers and used as a suction dredger for flood control projects on the Mississippi River. 1940 returned to cargo service as Bayou for Bayou SS Corp (Smith & Johnson), New Orleans. 1941 registered in Panama. 
Notes on event

At 07.45 hours on 28 Feb 1942 the unescorted Bayou was hit forward by one G7a torpedo from U-129 and sank within 25 seconds about 140 miles north of Paramaribo. The U-boat had chased the ship for 18 hours and missed with a first G7a torpedo because it was a surface runner at 04.06 hours. The Germans observed a man on a raft at the sinking position but left without questioning him. At noon on 5 March, the only survivor was rescued in 07°36N/58°05W and taken to Georgetown.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

Location of attack on Bayou.

ship sunk.

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